AOHVA concerned that Albertans’ continued enjoyment of province’s open landscape is in jeopardy
Since January 2017, AOHVA has been communicating with our members, the OHV user community and Albertans about impending changes to recreation on Alberta public lands and that the NDP Government is working to develop and implement a province-wide Land Use Framework, enacting the biggest change to land use in the province in 30 years.
OHV users have seen the closure of over 70% of historical motorized recreation trails through 2017 and 2018. AOHVA believes that Albertans will be facing a significant reduction to their access and enjoyment of Alberta’s outdoor spaces once again in 2019 with the potential creation of the Bighorn Country.
We saw the closure of The Castle to motorized recreation as just the first step while OHV use and open camping in the Porcupine Hills, Livingstone and the Eastern Slopes became severely restricted soon after.
AOHVA has worked diligently and in collaboration with the government for the past 9 years to establish a dedicated and focused organization to ensure the appropriate development, enhancement and maintenance of user-funded, designated trails for all off-highway recreation enthusiasts in Alberta.
Prior to the announcement of the Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park in January 2017, AOHVA and our member clubs had been working in earnest to establish a stronger working relationship with the NDP Government and the Ministry of Environment and Parks to collectively work to protect and preserve Alberta’s outdoor spaces alongside the outdoor pursuits enjoyed by all Albertans.
AOHVA supports a shared solution that strikes a balance between environmental stewardship and recreation opportunities. We agree with Minister Phillips that “Healthy watersheds, responsible recreational activity and sustainable resource development, are not mutually exclusive.”
While the final decisions regarding the Bighorn Country Proposal has not yet been made, we expect that the government will follow through with the nearly complete closure of OHV trails in that area.
Read on to learn more about our continued efforts to work with the NDP Government to ensure the appropriate development, enhancement and maintenance of user-funded, designated trails for all off-highway recreation enthusiasts in Alberta.
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